Quality assurance specialist, GSC, GHSC-PSM

Arlington, Virginia, United States
Apply by 29 January 2019
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 20 December 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a Quality Assurance Specialist, Global Supply Chain, who will work as a member of the Malaria Quality Assurance team on the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project and ensure that malaria commodities procured and distributed with financing from the US Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) comply with United States Government and country requirements regarding quality, safety, and efficacy and are suitable for their intended use. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project improves the availability of health commodities and provides supply chain technical assistance. The project has three primary objectives: 1) global commodity procurement and logistics, 2) systems strengthening technical assistance, and 3) global collaboration.

Responsibilities include:

  • Under the leadership of the PSM Malaria QA Manager assist in implementing health commodity quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) processes under the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Task Order (TO2)
  • Ensure that QA/QC processes for TO2 commodities are in place, maintained throughout the supply chain and reviewed/revisited periodically to ensure all standard operating procedures reflect the most up-to-date, internationally accepted practices, ensure compliance with evolving innovations, and ensure responsiveness to new products as they become available
  • Support drafting, maintaining and implementing of standard operating procedures and work instructions to ensure TO2 QA/QC processes comply with the WHO Model Quality Assurance System for Procurement Agencies (MQAS) and other international quality standards
  • Review and maintain (in collaboration with TO2 QA staff) appropriate documentation and dossiers supporting the QA/QC procedures for procuring and distributing antimalarial medicines, malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) for PMI recipient countries
  • Ensure that for each SKU the QC (inspection, sampling and testing) requirements as defined by PMI are available, and ensure with the PSM Source, Fulfillment and Deliver/Return Teams that QA/QC requirements are adequately integrated in their processes throughout the entire supply chain
  • Coordinate with SGS back office that inspection, sampling and laboratory testing are being performed in accordance with the defined requirements
  • Assist in maintaining QA/QC records in the PSM Management Information System (ARTMIS)
  • Liaise with the ISO 9001 Quality Management Unit to ensure that ISO 9001 requirements are properly reflected in business processes of TO2 QA
  • Liaise with the Incident and Risk Management unit to ensure that quality related incidents are properly reported and support the implementation of adequate measures to resolve the current incident and avoid reoccurrence
  • Represent TO2 QA Team at routine meetings with PMI
  • Perform any other QA/QC related tasks as directed by the PSM Malaria QA Manager

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in chemistry, biology or a physical science
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working in supply chain and health commodity Quality Assurance
  • Experience with US Government projects is an added advantage
  • Understanding of and ability to apply domestic and international guidelines, policies, and regulations regarding the quality, safety, efficacy and use of malaria pharmaceutical products, LLINs and malaria RDTs
  • Ability to address the technical challenges in procuring, inspecting, sampling and testing the above products
  • Knowledge of and experience with pharmaceutical GMP and GDP requirements
  • Experience in implementing programs in low-resource settings is an added advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills
  • Willingness to travel overseas in less developed countries approximately four to eight weeks per year
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

Application instructions:

Apply through our Career Center at https://chu.tbe.taleo.net/chu02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1&rid=2919 by January 29, 2019. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.


Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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